no to isis

Yesterday, a bomb went off in Manchester,
In an arena, filled with women and girls and families,
Watching a show that was part of the “Dangerous Woman” tour.

What is a dangerous woman?
Is it a woman who brandishes a weapon?
Is it a woman who lacks empathy?
Is it a woman who reviles humanity?

To me, it seems, a dangerous woman is one who has autonomy,
A woman who owns her sexuality,
A woman who lives independently.

To me, it seems, a dangerous woman is a woman who thinks,
Or a woman who can read,
Or worse: A woman who likes to speak–

But really, a dangerous woman is one who is unafraid.

Do you know how dangerous it is to be a dangerous woman?

Because yesterday, young women, mothers, families, filed into an arena to watch a young woman perform.
She called herself a “dangerous woman” on her tour.
She wore a flashy costume, make up upon her face, heels on her feet.
She danced and she sang.
She moved her own body her own way.
And the girls in the crowd watched and they cheered for her as her music played.

Shortly after that, a bomb went off.

How dangerous is it to be a dangerous woman in a world that wants you to remain afraid?

Do we have a right to feel badly,
While babies wash onto shore,
While girls are raped and sold,
While bombs are dropped onto villages, on the young and the old,
While still, we want to deny them refuge–
We want to deny them safety from the pain we helped ensue.

Because, well, we are afraid.
We are afraid to let in the “wrong ones”,
And so, we’d rather let in no one,
Because no one is better than a wrong one,
And one less wrong one is better than saving a thousand right ones,
Because who cares if they’re right ones if they’re not white ones–

Right?

In India, a while ago, a woman was forced unconscious,
Raped,
Beaten to death,
Run over by a car,
And disfigured,
All in an attempt to rob her of her humanity, rob her of her voice, rob her of any other choice–

Because a woman with a voice, a woman with a choice, a woman who is unafraid, is a dangerous one.

And those men were afraid,
So they “put her in her place”,
And, like cowards, they left while dogs ate her remains.

But in this world filled with dangerous women, this is commonplace.

Do we have a right to feel badly,
While refugees are denied entry, from the very attacks we fear,
While women disappear, so fucking frequently,
While we elect a demagogue to the highest position in this fucking country–
Do we even have a right to feel badly?

Because, yesterday, in Manchester, a bomb went off,
At a concert aimed at young women and girls,
For a tour called “Dangerous Woman”–
And as I read about the strewn bodies and the blood,
About the 22 dead, the 59 injured, the lives changed for good–

I looked at the president,
Who has made surviving abuse, or rape,
Who has made pregnancy, or, more simply, “Existing While Woman”,
A pre-existing condition that denies women safety
That denies women humanity–
Because all you dangerous women,
Should be afraid,
And if you aren’t afraid,
This president, or like those men in India, or like that bomber in Manchester,
Will remind you of your place.

I looked at the president,
Who refers to the perpetrated attackers as “evil losers”,
Who tells us to be afraid of those “evil losers”–
But also to be afraid of the ones running from those “evil losers”–
I can’t help but be filled with rage,
I can’t help but refuse to be afraid–

Because we are not the good ones,
Because we are not the better ones – not even close –
Because I don’t stand behind a country that is fueled by my fear –
Fueled by fiery, blazing fear –
Because those “evil losers”
Had a message last night,
In Manchester,
That seems to be very similar
To our own,
Not so loud,
Not so obvious,
Not so bloody,
One.
— 

Dangerous Women, a poem by, Dana Espinosa

RIP to all the victims of the Manchester bombing, and every other bombing taken place during this war, and RIP to all the women who have died at the hands of men, whether directly or indirectly. I am so sorry. © Dana Espinosa 2017

IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Mosul. May 24, 2017. A member of the Iraqi federal police forces takes position during a battle in Dawasa district. The Iraqi forces will launch a new operation to retake the old city area which is still under IS control, in the centre of the western side of Mosul, after surrounding the area from all sides. Thousands of people flee the city every day towards refugee camps due to the fighting.

Photograph: Ahmed Jalil/EPA

Anyway Isak and Even are both drifting off to sleep right now, happy smiles still soft on their faces. They are facing each other and Isak has his hand in Even’s hair, his fingers drawing slow circles in that blond mess. They can’t really keep their eyes open anymore, it’s just too warm and cozy and safe, but they also don’t want to look away. So their lids stay closed longer and longer with every blink (Isak’s at 8 seconds now).

Y Tho?

Martial law was intended for the terrorists. So what i don’t understand is wtf are you people afraid of so much?

The fact that it’s MINDANAO which is under martial law, I ask you, -a person in Luzon or Visayas OR ANYWHERE WHICH IS CURRENTLY NOT UNDER martial law- 

Why are you so afraid of it?

Maybe because of your ‘fears’ that our president would be a carbon copy of Ferdinand Marcos.

Fear that he’d end up being a dictator like Marcos?

Well let me tell you what our fear is.- 

Ah, actually. Scratch that.

Let me tell you what we’re terrified of.

We’re terrified for our safety against these terrorists.

We’re terrified that maybe a bomb would suddenly blow up somewhere near us.

We’re terrified because we don’t know what the Maute has up their sleeves.

So no, I don’t give a goddamn flying fuck about your so-called ‘fears’.

Because people in Lanao del Sur are inside their homes scared because the town just beside them has been attacked and people were killed. The cities here are in total lockdown, security is tightened. Check points are everywhere.

So why are you scared? This law was to ensure that the TERRORISTS would get what they deserve. So frankly, you’ve got nothing to worry about if you’re not a terrorist. - unless of course you are, which is a different story.

And to be honest?

We actually feel safer.

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The use of a bomb like this is monstrous.

It is used without the authorization of congress, much less the people of the U.S.A.

It is done while an investigation of possible criminal action by Donald Trump, his campaign and his administration is taking place.

We must pay attention.